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Ben Affleck On Why Jennifer Garner Wanted to Speak Publicly About Their Divorce

Ben Affleck says he's not going to get upset by Jennifer Garner talking about the demise of their relationship.

"She felt like she wanted to discuss it and get it out there and get it over with," he says of Garner's first interview since their split. "So she could say, 'Look, I already talked about it—I don't want to do it again."

"It's fine," he tells the New York Times. "She's allowed to talk about it."

"Jen's great. She's a great person," he said. "We're on great terms. I just saw her this morning, so that's the reality that I live in."

Garner told Vanity Fair that: "I didn't marry the big fat movie star; I married him. And I would go back and remake that decision. I ran down the beach to him, and I would again."

"You can't have these three babies and so much of what we had. He's the love of my life. What am I going to do about that? He's the most brilliant person in any room, the most charismatic, the most generous. He's just a complicated guy."

"I always say, 'When his sun shines on you, you feel it.' But when the sun is shining elsewhere, it's cold. He can cast quite a shadow."

For his part, Affleck says he's looking forward to the release of 'Batman v Superman' later this month with his portrayal of the caped crusader "living in this gray zone."

"He's more broken, not slick. He's filling the hole in his soul with these increasingly morally questionable nighttime excursions -- fighting crime as well as by being this playboy."

"I find that boring," he says of playing the likeable superhero. "Instead, I think it's interesting how we manage the best version of ourselves, despite our flaws and our weaknesses and our sometime tendencies to do the wrong thing."

"My 4-year-old Samuel knows that I am Batman," Affleck says. "It's a "It's a mixed blessing. He also thinks that for some reason—I don't know if it's the color combination or whatever—that the FedEx guy is the Joker."

"Whenever there's a FedEx delivery, he's like, 'Dad, the Joker's outside,'" he laughs. "The burden's on me to go out there and give the guy an extra 20 bucks to pantomime a whole Adam West kung fu battle."

March 15, 2016 |

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